In partnership with the Mozambican Ministry of Health, Sasol has handed over three fully equipped health care centres catering for approximately 90 000 community members. These much needed health care facilities have extended basic primary healthcare services to the following communities:
- The Benzane Health Centre services in Inhambane and the northern part of the Chigubo District in Gaza.
- The Temane Health Centre which assists people from the Temane community and surrounding areas.
- The Pambarra Health Centre which serves community members in the Vilanculos region.
Boreholes were sunk at all three health centres, each of which incorporates two houses for medical staff.
In addition, to deal with the increasing number of patients visiting the Mangungumete Clinic close to the CPF, the partners supported the construction of a doctor’s house to facilitate the process of ensuring that a permanent doctor is available at the clinic. This clinic caters for over 30 000 people from Mangungumete and surrounding communities.
The Mangungumete Health Clinic is a type 1 health centre facility which offers outpatient care, including consultative services, anti-retrovirals, a laboratory and pharmacy. Inpatient care includes a maternity ward, isolation ward and emergency room.
Malaria is the most common complaint, followed by respiratory diseases including pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma and tuberculosis. Hypertension and skin diseases are also common.
Domingos Manuel, a nurse at the clinic who previously worked at Maimelane clinic, was really pleased with the facilities when he started working at the centre: “When I came here, I felt a joy because there were facilities for doing my work.” He adds: “Thank you for the ambulance that we received, it was the result of the amount Sasol has made available to the government as part of their social responsibility, so we no longer have problems transferring patients.”